samoyeds are my favorite dogs wanna know why?
look how fluffy they are
look how happy these balls of fluff are !!
wanna see what the puppies look like ?????????
this has been a samoyed psa
I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
The people are lined up in the wrong order! They’ve rearranged themselves in reverse order between frames!
Sorry to nitpick, it’s a lovely piece.
Let me tell you about my favourite shape (it’s normal to have a favourite shape okay), hexagons.
Along with squares and equilateral triangles, regular hexagons fit together so that there is no wasted space. Of the three, the hexagon has the smallest perimeter compared to its area. Which means that, for example in honeycomb, making hexagons requires less work and less wax than any other shape, with no gaps between them. They pop up in other places too:
HONEYCOMB: Bees first make circular cells by burrowing into the wax, and use their body heat to melt it slightly. The surface tension then pulls the lines of wax into a series of three-point junctions, making a neat series of hexagons. This is an alternative to the original theory that bees are clever enough to make them deliberately. (x)
BUBBLES: When three or more soap bubbles meet, they squash together and sort themselves so that only three bubble walls meet at any point. Whatever the difference in size of the bubbles, the angle between the walls is always 120 degrees, even in foam. The result in large numbers is a collection of mostly hexagons. (x)
SNOWFLAKES: Hexagonal snowflakes aren’t the only kind formed. Six-sided ones are generally created in high clouds, with other shapes such as needles or columns formed lower down. Colder temperatures tend to make the prettier “lacy” shapes. It’s the alignment of water molecules which causes the hexagonal shape: they arrange themselves so that each oxygen atom lines up with two hydrogen atoms on other water molecules. This makes an intricate and symmetrical shape as they freeze. The large gaps between molecules is also the reason why water expands on freezing, and why ice floats. (x)
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY: These stone hexagonal pillars in Northern Ireland were formed millions of years ago by the molten basalt of volcanic lava cooling quickly (or, alternatively, by the giant Finn MacCool wanting to travel to Scotland without getting his feet wet). The cooling caused contraction and cracks in the rock, splitting it into pillars as well as fracturing horizontally. The same effect and pattern can be seen in drying mud or paint. (x)
BUCKYBALL: Hexagons by themselves create a flat tessellation, but by adding pentagons a curved surface or sphere can be formed. Technically called a truncated icosahedron, this spherical shape is better known as the shape of a soccer ball, as well as the glass domes common to botanical gardens and the arrangement of carbon atoms in the buckminsterfullerene molecule. The molecule’s snappy name is a homage to Buckminster Fuller, due to his dome designs. In nature, an arrangement of hexagons and pentagons forms the curve of a tortoise’s shell. (x)
STORM ON SATURN: Near Saturn’s north pole is a storm which is six-sided rather than circular, and has remained fixed with the planet’s rotation for at least 26 years. Due to Saturn’s incredibly thick atmosphere, the speed of the planet’s rotation remains unknown, but this strangely geometric weather may provide some necessary data. In the meantime, scientists have described it as “cool”. I’m a scientist. It counts. (x)
I love this so much
its just typing. i could do that.
yeah, but you didn’t
I can kind of see what they were getting at, but this still annoys me.
What is meant by “modern art” here, exactly?
Is it used to describe all visual media made after 1860, or is it used to describe what many people think of as representative of all ‘modern art’, i.e. only abstract expressionist painting and sculpture?
Most art made after 1860 employs what most people would recognise as classical skill - portraiture, landscape paintings, figurative sculpture, etc.. That kind of art still exists. People can go and see it if they want, and bypass all that Rothko ‘crap’.
Famous art that non-art-aficionados class as ‘modern’, while often very different to classical art, is still the result of devotion, training, and artistic excellence. It doesn’t just come about because some bright spark ‘decided’ to do something profound with a bucket of gouache.
MODERN ART = “I COULD DO THAT” + NO, YOU REALLY COULDN’T
Love the subtle yellows of this picture by Mark Wickens
Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco, William Pereira, 1969-72.